Upcoming Sunday Schedule
Sunday, May 28th, is Graduation Sunday when we recognize our high school graduates--Gracie Kizer and Andrew M. Waters. (If you know of any student who is graduating from high school or college this year, let the church office know so that he or she can be included in our recognition.)
May 28th is also part of Memorial Day Weekend, when we remember loved ones who have passed and especially service men and women who gave their lives so that we can live in a free and blessed country.
Sunday, June 4th, is Pentecost Sunday. On that Sunday, we remember the official birthday of the church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon that first congregation in Jerusalem. Since June 4th is the last Sunday before Annual Conference, we will be taking the Bishop’s Offering at that service. This year’s donation will go to help pastors in Cuba and children in Haiti. Please pray for Pastor Merritt and our Lay Delegate, Bev Aveyard as they attend the Florida Annual Conference in Orlando on June 7-10.
Metropolitan Ministries Project Launching
We are proud and happy to announce that RUMC has approved the launch of a new community outreach partnership with Metropolitan Ministries. We will be providing Metropolitan Ministries noon meals to our community every Saturday beginning June 24th. On most Saturdays, meals will be served in Crichton Fellowship Hall from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM; however, on weekends when the hall is in use, meals will be served outside in our Christmas Tree lot area.
RUMC would supply the paper goods, pick up the pre-cooked meals from Metropolitan Ministry kitchens, set-up, and clean-up after the meal, and greet and interact as a Christ-like servant to our local homeless and hungry. We are looking for many volunteers who could assist on one or more Saturdays a month, and we are also recruiting businesses and congregations outside the church to participate either financially or by providing volunteers on a periodic basis.
Dawn and Zack Parks are coordinating this program start-up. They have placed a large volunteer sign-up sheet in Crichton Hall, for those interested or inspired by this opportunity for community service. Volunteer training is scheduled for Saturday, June 17th at 10:30 AM.
VBS Dates Have Been Chosen
Dates for our Vacation Bible School have been tentatively set for July 10-14. This year’s theme is “Hero Central”, where the children will be invited to discover their strength with God. As usual, we will need teachers, leaders, helper, refreshment providers and other volunteers. More information about VBS will follow soon.
Prayer Warriors Wanted
Are you—or someone you know—in need of special or extra prayer? If so, the Connect and Prayer Card, an insert into your weekly bulletin, may be for you. Written prayer requests are collected during the weekly offering, and they are prayed on immediately after the service in Sunday school room #8. A group of prayer warriors spend an intense 15 minutes lifting individual prayer requests up to God.
If you want to join our Prayer Warrior team, please come to room #8 immediately following next Sunday’s worship service.
Early Riverview Methodist Church History
Much appreciation is owed to Nick Gatanis, and the Gleaners Sunday School Class, for reprinting a booklet of early Riverview Methodist Church History. This booklet covers church events from its founding in 1846 up until 1959, the year it was compiled and published by Garnet K. Tien. The document is an essential record of the first 113 years of the history of first Methodist church founded in Hillsborough County—and one of the first Methodist churches in our state. If you are interested in obtaining your copy of this informative booklet, contact Nick or Dewey Brown, the President of the Gleaners Class.